110th Memorial Exhibition for Illustrator Hikozo Ito

Yayoi Museum

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Hikozo Ito produced period-specific illustrations for boys’ magazines such as “Shonen-Kurabu” (Boys Club). A descendent of the master fencer Itosai Ito, Hikozo was a serious student of swordsmanship in addition being a superb illustrator, and was known for eccentric episodes such as drawing with his own blood. This exhibition presents around 350 of his works, with a focus on his sharply rendered pen illustrations. Ito, who once said, “The spirit is not an artist but a warrior,” drew portraits of extreme situations that faced death head-on while evoking violent, bewitching beauty and bloodlust. His works have the power to make viewers’ hair stand on end.

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Gallery Talk
Date: 2/9 (Sun) 14:00

[Image: Hikozo Ito “Jiro Osoragi Kakubeeshiji Illustration”]

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Schedule

from January 03, 2014 to March 30, 2014
Open on 1/13 (Mon, public holiday), closed on 1/14 (Tues).

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Hikozo Ito

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